That’s a wrap ... Ar­ran film moves into post-pro­duc­tion

Un­cowed is shot en­tirely on the is­land

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A full-length com­edy film, shot by pro­duc­tion com­pany Pos­i­tive Pic­tures, has taken a step closer to be­ing re­leased with the com­ple­tion of the film­ing and mov­ing the pro­duc­tion into the edit­ing room.

A year in de­vel­op­ment, the film Un­cowed is a com­edy but with the se­ri­ous pur­pose of help­ing peo­ple stand up to bul­lies.

The brain­child of pro­fes­sional pro­duc­ers Chris and Jan At­tkins of Brod­ick, Un­cowed has been shot en­tirely on Ar­ran with an all-Ar­ran cast with only one ex­cep­tion – the main char­ac­ter who is their grand­son Lewis.

Cost­ing in ex­cess of £25,000 to pro­duce, with part fund­ing from vol­un­teer back­ers, the pro­duc­tion is due to be com­pleted later this year with its pre­miere at Cor­rie and San­nox Vil­lage Hall and an is­land screen­ing planned at the Screen Ma­chine.

Chris said: ‘The film­ing was fin­ished in glo­ri­ous weather, show­ing off the is­land at its very best. Is­lan­ders gen­er­ously of­fered their

prop­er­ties as lo­ca­tions for some scenes and over re­cent weeks there have been some strange scenes wit­nessed on Ar­ran – a kid­nap­ping, a Mex­i­can stand-off, danc­ing on Cor­rie jetty and on the ferry. But many other scenes were filmed in se­cret to main­tain their sur­prise.’

The film crew re­united em­ploy­ees of Chris and Jan’s pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tion com­pany from 30 years ago in Glas­gow.

‘Our crew are all sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als, with whom we have worked for many years, all over the world.

‘Their ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism will de­liver a mem­o­rable film, on time and on bud­get,’ Chris added.

To find out more about the film, visit www. un­ where a syn­op­sis, cast and crew bi­og­ra­phy and a teaser trailer can be found, along with post pro­duc­tion up­dates and where screen­ings and re­lated events will be pub­lished.

Chore­og­ra­pher Fiona Ro­driguez puts Lewis Stevenson through his paces at Cor­rie.

The cast of Un­cowed, left to right: Bob Brass, Eleonora Blagova, Ge­of­frey Bot­ter­ill, David Simp­kin, Stuart Far­rar, Isla Blair, Daniel and Atanas Blagov, Charles Cur­rie, Stuart Gough, Rosie McNa­mara, Natasha Nel­son, Sheila Gil­more, Mark Nel­son, Andy McNa­mara, Lewis Stevenson, James Smith, Val Waite. Not pic­tured, Doreen McNulty, Louise Hag­garty, Daisy McNa­mara and Marvin El­liott.

Di­rec­tor Chris At­tkins and pro­duc­tion crew di­rect the ac­tors dur­ing a scene with the two main char­ac­ters.

A vin­tage 1959 classic Austin Healey is in­cluded in the pro­duc­tion in an out­doors scene shot on the road­side.

Shot at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions on Ar­ran, ac­tors en­joy the iso­la­tion at Kingscross.

The poster for the film fea­tur­ing the At­tkins’s grand­son Lewis.

Pro­duc­tion crew, left to right, Fiona Ro­driguez, Graeme At­tkins, Jan At­tkins, Rory Mor­ri­son, Richard Hick­man, Heather Gough, Steve Agnew, Chris At­tkins, Frank McAl­lis­ter, Philip John­ston, Sean Mon­teith, Anne Cur­tis, El­iz­a­beth Bell and Val Waite.

Per­for­mance di­rec­tor Heather Gough ad­vises the ac­tors dur­ing a crit­i­cal scene.

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